Category: Faith Essays

09/04/2014 / Faith

Awhile back, I had left the parking lot of an area Lutheran church and noticed a sign at the exit of their parking lot – right before entering the main road. The sign read: “You are now entering the mission field“ “Hhmm.. That is so simple and profound,” I thought…

07/08/2014 / Faith

As I was contemplating the meaning and idea of the graphic to the right (which I found posted in a Facebook Group), I thought about my view of the Church’s application of the that idea. I thought about the effect of that application in the way people see the Church.…

05/27/2014 / Faith

Testimonies. I love them. Blogs and YouTube are littered with them. From being pulled from the depths of suicide, death, disease, self-image, and loss; I love to hear how God has drastically worked in peoples lives to bring them from ruin to abundant life in Him. Earlier today John Piper…

03/11/2014 / Faith

My Church, in coordination with our denomination’s ‘mission agency’, Mission To The World (MTW), is arranging a missions trip to Matamoros, Mexico this summer. My first thought, after hearing about the opportunity to be apart of this trip, was “oh crap, I’m probably going to have to do this.” You…

03/10/2014 / Faith

MissionsLetters

At one of the many  breakout sessions at the Urbana Student Missions Conference in 2012, we were instructed to write a letter/prayer  to God for ourselves to open/read a few months after Urbana. A donor offered to stuff and mail all the letters a few months later. The idea of the letter was to set some goals at Urbana (hopefully “mission-minded” goals) and then use that letter as a ‘checkup’ to see how we were doing a few months later.  Here is what I feverishly wrote in the short amount of time I had (pardon the flow!):

01/10/2014 / Faith

If you’ve been in the evangelical Christian circle for sometime than you know all the fun catchphrases we like to use… “do life together”, “seasons”, “intentionality”, “missional”, “community”, “guard your heart”, etc.

I love words. I like putting a word to an idea. But I find that, sometimes, we throw around words without understanding their implications, practically, to our lives and our walk with Christ, and more importantly, the lives of those we are speaking into. Those phrases above have a lot of weight and wisdom behind them, but speaking a single phrase cannot adequately convey a complex, and highly personal, issue of the heart.

12/04/2013 / Faith

In Luke 14:15-24 we’ve got the account of Jesus telling the Parable of the Great Banquet. Check it:

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now

11/30/2013 / Faith

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to do the sound AND video/projection at my church for a private Thanksgiving party that was being thrown by the outside family that cleans our church. (During Sunday worship this is a 2 person job.) It was one of those…

11/22/2013 / Faith

It’s funny how you can’t ask difficult questions in a familiar place, how you have to stand back a few feet and see things in a new way before you realize nothing that is happening to you is normal. The trouble with you and me is we are used to what is happening to us. We grew into our lives like a kernel beneath the earth, never able to process the enigma of our composition…Nothing is normal. It is all rather odd, isn’t it, our eyes in our heads, our hands with five fingers, the capacity to understand beauty, to feel love, to feel pain.
-Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

I’ve written little ‘tidbits’ about perspective in the past (Perspective 1, Perspective 2)… When I came across the above quote it just reminded me, again, of the many lessons I’ve learned, repeatedly, over the past year. One of the most recurring lessons has been nurturing a particular healthy perspective. There’s practical perspective. There’s logical perspective. I’ve been instilled all my life, through parenting and school, with practical and logical perspective – being able to reason out issues. Working out issues (often times with the input and help of others) comes naturally to me. I do it daily – in my job. But that only gets someone so far.

11/06/2013 / Faith

It’s said that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow coined the phrase “Music is the universal language of mankind”. That’s a bold statement – but one that I believe holds merit because music is, indeed, a very powerful and beautiful creation. Music sets and changes moods, music heals, music encourages, music breaks down, music hurts, music speaks clearly those thoughts that we sometimes can’t verbalize. I believe God can use anything for His purpose – it doesn’t necessarily have to be overtly “spiritual” or “Christian”. That certainly holds true for His gift of music as well.